What is Your Why?
(What does this even mean?)
Being successful in the trades require skills. It requires that you learn the physics involved in how things work and what is going on. But before even attempting to learn these skills you need to understand “your why”. Most people never really stop to think about their “why”. This is the reason that many people are not Surging Forward in their life. They just go about living day to day going where the wind blows. These people have no goals.
They never sat down and took the time to ask:
Why am I here?
What do I like to do?
Why do I want to do other things?
What is important to me?
What am I good at doing?
Knowing “your why” will help keep you on the right track throughout your life.
Understanding “your why” will help you define your goals and help you understand your purpose in life.
You determine what your why is by thinking about the questions above.
Here are examples of some “Your Whys”, but these are just to get you thinking:
Wanting to fix and repair AC units, to help people’s lives be more comfortable.
Wanting to be an electrician to provide power for others.
Aiming to be able to provide safe running water for others.
Desiring to serve others.
Being the best at something you enjoy doing, such as building things.
Creating graphics and cool pictures that can help a company succeed.
Being a good father or mother and setting an example for your children to be able to succeed in life.
“Your why” is “Your” why
“Your why” is “Your” why. It is not the dream of someone else or their passion. You have to narrow down “your why” in order to be able to set the goals to help you achieve the success that you want. Success is different for all of us. We often get caught in the Hollywood idea that it is about making big money. But that is not what it is about. Success is based on “your why”. Define “Your” why and that will help you to achieve your success.
Success does not happen by accident, with the exception of the rare cases of an inheritance that you did not know about. But even then, if you don’t have a why and you receive a lot of money you will more than likely just waste it.
Life is not like the video games or the movies where we can just live life haphazardly and hope for the best, then die and get another chance. In games we can keep playing over and over until we get it right. In real life there is no do over or rewind. If you make a bad choice it can stick with you forever. A bad choice when you are young may hinder you, but it does not mean you can’t become successful. It just may place limitations and cause you to rethink “your why”. That is why we need to be very conscious of the people that we hang around with. If you hang around negative people all the time, then you are going to become one of them and that becomes your why.
The choice of “your why” is decided by: what you are good at, what you enjoy, or just by what you want to do. It is a choice only you can make.
That is why “your why” is “Your” why
Take advantage of the resources around you that can help you with “your why”. Hopefully by listening to this podcast it can help you to simply take a moment to stop and think about “your why”.
We have all been created with special skills. But we often allow other people to define who we are and what they think is best for us to do. By honing in on our special skills it will enable us to stand out from the crowd instead of just being a number.
By knowing “your why” it will help you to focus on what needs to be done to achieve success.
When you start, “your why” can be small but then it builds over time. Be flexible, over time “your whys” can change so that you can Keep Surging Forward.
Start today. What is “Your” Why?
Once you have determined this; then you can start taking steps to achieving your goal.
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